Our school has started something new this year. We are doing community service projects.
Our administration has asked each grade level to choose something to do that would help the community. Classes have made cards and visited a local assisted-living facility for veterans. Others have made cards for children who are in the hospital. Another has provided dog toys and warmers for the humane society.
The third grade project is a little closer to home. Up until now, we have been the unofficial keepers of lost and found. This is partly because the school lost and found is directly across from our classrooms. We decided to take on the job of organizing the lost and found as our community service project.
Each quarter, one of the third-grade classes is in charge of the lost-and-found. As items come in, the students tag them with the date using tape; then they check for names. If an item has a name, a third grader will return the item to that child. The items without names are then hung on coat hooks in the hallway. This makes it easy for the students to come collect things they are missing.
At the end of each quarter, the third grade sponsors a lost-and-found sale. Students make signs announcing the sale.
Parents come in and organize the items. All items are fifty cents. The students take turns working the lost-and-found sale table with a parent before and after school and at lunch.
Any items left over at the end of the sale are taken by a student with his parents and donated to a local charity.
The organization of the lost-and-found has been very successful. We have fewer items hanging up in the hallway than we used to. I also think parents appreciate it when we return items with names in them. And it’s been a good service to our school community.
How do you organize your school’s lost-and-found?